Patriots Claim Four Players, Release Two

FOXBOROUGH,
Mass. – The New England Patriots announced that they claimed four
players off waivers, adding third-year LB Chris white off waivers from
Detroit, and three rookies, OL Braxston Cave (Cleveland), G Chris Barker
(Miami) and DT A.J. Francis (Miami).

The Patriots also announced that DB Marquice Cole and RB Leon Washington have been released. With those six roster transactions, the Patriots now report 53 players on their active roster.

In addition, the Patriots re-signed LB Ja'Gared Davis, S Kanorris
Davis, DB Justin Green, DL Marcus Forston and LB Jeff Tarpinian to the
practice squad. All five of those players were released by the team
yesterday.

PLAYERS CLAIMED OFF WAIVERS

Cave, 24, was originally signed by the Cleveland Browns as a rookie
free agent out of Notre Dame on April 30, 2013. The 6-foot-3,
305-pounder, was released by Cleveland on Aug. 30, 2013. Cave played in
48 games for Notre Dame, including 35 starts at center. He also served
as the team's long snapper.

Barker, 23, was originally signed
by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie free agent out of Nevada on May 3,
2013. The 6-foot-2, 310-pounder was released by Miami on Aug. 31, 2013.
Barker was a four-year starter at Nevada, and became the first player in
school history to start every game in all four seasons.

Francis, 23, was originally signed by the Miami Dolphins as a rookie
free agent out of Maryland on May 3, 2013. The 6-foot, 316-pounder was
released by Miami on Aug. 31. He was a four-year letterman at Maryland
and recorded 149 total tackles, 9 ½ sacks and three blocked kicks.

White, 24, is a veteran of two NFL seasons with the Buffalo Bills
(2011-12). The 6-foot-3, 238-pounder, originally entered the NFL as a
fourth-round draft pick (169th overall) out of Mississippi State in
2011. He was traded from Buffalo to Detroit on Aug. 25, 2013, in
exchange for QB Thaddeus Lewis. White was released by Detroit on Aug.
31, 2013. In two NFL seasons, he has played in 22 games, mainly on
special teams. Last season, White played in 15 games and finished with
11 special teams tackles.

PLAYERS RELEASED

Cole, 29, was re-signed by the Patriots on March 20, 2013. The
5-foot-10, 195-pounder is a veteran of four NFL seasons with the New
York Jets (2009-11) and the Patriots (2012). He originally joined New
England as a free agent on March 19, 2012. Cole originally entered the
NFL as a rookie free agent with Oakland out of Northwestern in 2007. He
spent the end of the 2007 season on the Tennessee practice squad and
part of the 2008 season on the practice squad of New Orleans. Cole began
the 2009 season on the practice squad of the New York Jets before
joining the 53-man roster early in September. Cole has played in 51 NFL
games with two starts and has registered 26 defensive tackles, three
interceptions with one returned for a touchdown and 43 special teams
tackles. Last season, he played in 14 games with one start and finished
with 12 total tackles and one interception.

Washington, 30, was
signed by the Patriots as a free agent on March 14m 2013. The 5-foot-8,
192-pounder is a veteran of seven NFL seasons with the New York Jets
(2006-09) and the Seattle Seahawks (2010-12). The 5-foot-8, 203 pounder,
originally entered the NFL as a fourth-round (117th pick overall) draft
choice by the Jets out of Florida State in 2006. He was traded by the
Jets to the Seahawks on April 24, 2010 for a 2010 fifth-round draft
choice. Washington was released by Seattle on March 12, 2013.

Washington shares the NFL record with Josh Cribbs with eight career
kickoff returns for touchdowns. He also tied an NFL record when he
returned two kicks for a touchdown in a game against San Diego in 2010.
Washington earned Pro Bowl honors in 2008 and 2012 and All-Pro honors in
2007, 2008 and 2010.

Washington has played in 103 NFL games
with 14 starts and has registered 473 rushing attempts for 2,213 yards
and 16 touchdowns, and 146 receptions for 1,127 yards and two
touchdowns. He has also returned 168 punts for 1,668 yards and 244
kickoffs for 6,315 yards and eight touchdowns.

PRACTICE SQUAD PLAYERS

[Ja'Gared] Davis, 22, was claimed off waivers by the Patriots on Aug.
28, 2013. The 6-foot, 238-pounder, was originally signed by the Houston
Texans as a rookie free agent from Southern Methodist on May 10, 2013
and was released on Aug. 27, 2013. He played in 53 college games and
recorded 301 total tackles, 20 sacks, four interceptions, eight forced
fumbles and four fumble recoveries.

[Kanorris] Davis, 23,
joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Troy on May 3, 2013.
The 5-foot-10, 207-pounder, played as a linebacker in college where he
helped Troy win the Sun Belt Conference Championship in 2011 and 2012.

Green, 22, was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of
Illinois on July 21, 2013. The 5-foot-11, 195-pounder began his college
career at Illinois as a running back before moving to the secondary for
his final three seasons. He made 29 starts over his final three seasons,
registering 76 total tackles, 13 passes defensed, one forced fumble and
two fumble recoveries.

Forston, 23, was signed by the Patriots
as a rookie free agent out of Miami on May 10, 2012. The 6-foot-3,
305-pounder made the 53-man roster right out of camp, but was released
early in the season and brought back to the practice squad where he
spent the majority of the season. He eventually re-joined the 53-man
roster prior to the AFC Championship game. Forston played in one game in
the regular season, but did not register any statistics in that game.

Tarpinian, 25, originally joined the Patriots as a rookie free agent
out of Iowa on July 27, 2011. He has rotated between the Patriots
practice squad and the 53-man roster over the last two seasons. The
6-foot-3, 240-pounder has played in 10 NFL games with one start and has
registered five total tackles on defense and eight tackles on special
teams.